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Herbalist vs. Hashimoto’s Take 2


Wow! 3 weeks went by quick!  I goofed up on my diet ever so slightly twice, was with salad dressing, I didn’t look at the labels and yes….ingredients….sugar….. ugggg.  I don’t use allot of salad dressing, at home I used olive oil and balsamic, so yes, I was out, and when I’m out, I generally order salads, but, it never ever crossed my mind that the salad dressing I had ordered would have sugar!  Anyway, like I said, I don’t use a whole lot of salad dressing, so I’m sure, it was a minute amount.  Other than that I did great on the detox diet, I lost 7 pounds!

So now what??  On Tuesday we went back over the bridge to the herbalist. If you are just joining my blog for the 1st time, you might want to refer back to Herbalist vs Hashimoto’s.  My girlfriend, Pam is just trying to get healthy, I’m trying to heal my Hashimoto’s, my gut and my osteoperosis.

Oh, I’m sure your wondering, because after reading my first post and reviewing this one I’ve noticed other than diet I didn’t say anything about herbs! LOL!  Yes, I am going to an herbalist, so there should be herbs and YES, there are plenty of them!  I am taking herbal supplements before breakfast a total of  13 pills, a pill at lunch time, 12 more before dinner then a few more before bed.  So, if you think that getting enough water into your diet is hard, its not by the time your done taking all these supplements! 😉

The diet is healing my gut, and the healthy gut & the herbs are working to heal my Hashimoto’s and now we’re working on my Osteoporosis.  Like I said earlier, I lost 7 pounds the first 3 weeks, I should hopefully loose a few more in these next 5 weeks, if I loose 5 more pounds I’ll be extremely happy.  But, my main goad is to heal my body, I didn’t go to the herbalist to loose weight, but since I gained weight with the Hashimoto’s I’m happy to loose it.

I am feeling better, I don’t wake up tired and I don’t wake up in pain, so something is definitely working.

Okay, so for Pam & I, the diet changed.   For the next 5 weeks, 5 days of those weeks, we will continue eating primarily lean meats, fruits & vegetables.  We can start adding back healthy carbs (fruits, whole grains, etc.) as long as no gas or bloating recurs. As the dysboisis goes down, we should be able to tolerate some whole grains being added back in.  If not, then we may have a gluten sensitivity.  So, the best way to add new things back in is to alternated, if we add a grain one day, we don’t add a fruit that day so we can see how our body reacts.  So to help us out, he gave us a sample of the Mediterranean Diet which is a modern nutritional recommendation inspired by the traditional dietary part terns of southern Italy, Greece and Spain. (See below)

On the 2 remaining days, which should not be back to back and can be any days we decide (thank goodness), we avoid ALL carbs and cut calories to 500 (only 1 meal a day)…UGGGGG! Drinking 2 glasses of water before the small meal.  Eating only lean meats, low calorie fruits and vegetables (no breads or carbs at all on these days).  This is called the Two-Day Diet. (see below)

Mediterranean Diet
* High consumption (almost every day) of olive oil, legumes, nuts, unrefined whole grain cereals, fruits, vegetables & spices. Side note:  I really don’t think at this point I’m going to try gluten, I did add corn back in, after all, I’m a Jersey Girl and Jersey Corn is in season!
* Moderate to high consumption (3-4 times a week) of fish, but since he has me on fish oil this is not necessary & I can use chicken or turkey instead.
* Moderate consumption (2-3 times a week) of dairy products (mostly as cheese & yogurt), poultry & wine.   Side note: I’m still dairy free, so I’m not sure weather or not I’m going to add these in, if I do, I will probably stick to the hard cheeses like parmesan as these are supposedly best tolerated if your lactose intolerant.
* Low consumption or red meats (only once a week)
* Very low consumption of refined sugars, junk foods and highly processed foods (less than once a week) REMEMBER, this is for the Mediterranean Diet, we are not allowed this right now.

Suggestions for the two-day diet:
* Plain Greek Yogurt (low fat) – 1 cup = 120 calories
* 4 oz lean meat – 200 calories
* 2 medium eggs, soft boiled – 160 calories
* 4 oz fresh or baked fish (not fried) – 135 calories for cod, catfish, flounder, clams & mackerel, 200 – 225 calories for salmon, halibut, tuna
* Blueberries, strawberries or raspberries – 1 cup = 60 calories
* Fat Burning Soup (click here for recipe) – 1 cup = 65 calories
* Protein Bars or Protein Drinks = as on the label
* Meal Substitute (like slim fast) = per label
* Medium salad with low calorie dressing = 300 – 400 calories

No sugary foods, very fatty foods or junk food.

NOW, you know that I’m gluten free, dairy free, sugar free and additive free, so some of that list is not way going into my mouth.

At this point I am allowed to try gluten to see if I’m intolerant, but I’m not ready to take that step yet.  As for dairy, they say if your dairy intolerant you can handle hard cheeses, so I do from time to time have some parmesan cheese, not much.   Protein bars or protein drinks I won’t use store bought only something that I would make, and slim fast forget it.  As for the salad, the salad really doesn’t contain much calories, the dressing does!  So, for the days of my ‘fast’ I just use basaltic vinegar which is very minimal in calories.   Since I have a hard time at night, yes, I’m a night time muncher, I don’t ingest all my calories at dinner, I save some out and eat blueberries at night watching tv.  I’ve now completed 2 of these ‘fasts’ and for dinner I have the cod, fat burner soup, romaine lettuce & strawberries with basaltic,  sautéed zucchini,  Which was only like 300 calories and I was stuffed!  Which then allowed me to have blueberries & strawberries later.





Herbalist vs. Hashimoto’s


Well, I decided to drop the homeopath and I’ve decided to take my problems to an herbalist.  I just didn’t click with the homeopath and wasn’t sure that’s the path I was suppose to be headed, but the direction of the homeopath just didn’t feel right.  (If your new to this blog, you might want to also have a look at my other 2 pages to thoroughly understand where I’m coming from:  Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s Disease & Me and Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s Disease & Me THE DIET)

So i did some searching and found a very nice herbalist in Delaware.  Yeah it’s a little far, it’s over the bridge but the ones in New Jersey are even farther, they’re up in North Jersey.  So, I had a little discussion with my girlfriend Pam, and she decided she’d like to go also.  So the both of us went together.  We always have fun together no matter where we go and this trip was no different.

The herbalist sets aside an hour for your first visit and asks you what your problems are and what your goals are.  Of course mine is to heal my Hashimoto’s, them heal my gut, and heal my osteoporosis.  They’re my big three.  So then he has a long list of questions & symptoms check list to ask you based on the information I gave him and he comes up with a diagnosis.  His diagnosis is Intestinal Dysbiosis, how ’bout that, it’s a gut thing, just like I’ve been reading and saying, if your guts not healthy your going to get sick.  We need to have healthy guts.

So now what??  A 3 week detox with diet and herbs.  Luckily I’m pretty much there with the diet, just a few more changes:
Always Drink Plenty of WATER
Allowed foods:  all types of meats, poultry, seafood, eggs, cheese, butter, cream, oil, nuts, all vegetables, all salads, heathy low calorie sweeteners, low calorie fruits like berries. (Now remember, I’m dairy free, so cheese is off the list for me)
Restricted foods: bread, pasta, cereals, rice, sweet fruits, juices, sweets, sugars, candy, cake, snack chips, crackers, NO CARBS first 3 weeks
Dairy: all dairy products okay except if sweetened like ice cream or flavored yogurt.  Greek yogurt is good. (I’m diary free so won’t be having this anyway)
Oils: Using only high quality oils & fats are key to reducing inflammation: olive, sunflower, canola, evening primrose oil, fish oils, flax oil, borage oil, coconut oil.  Use healthy quantities unless you have a weight problem.
Fruits: you may use these low sugar fruits: grapefruit, fresh or frozen blueberries, strawberries, pears, raspberries, lemon or coconut.
Vegetables: well cooked vegetables, asparagus, cucumber, celery, green peas, onion, broccoli, lettuce, okra, beans, green beans, carrots.  Eat vegetables freely.
Spices: cumin, ginger, salt, dill. Cardamom, fennel, chamomile or ginger tea, turmeric
Proteins: chicken, turkey, eggs, pork, beef, soy, fresh fish, cashews, almonds and all nuts except peanuts.
Oils: all oils are ok except for low quality oils.
General: especially avoid candy, cake, sugary sweets, chocolate, sweet fruits, and fruit juice and anything that tastes really sweet.  Also, ice cold drinks.  Avoid canned or prepared foods. No alcohol.
Oils: corn, crisco, peanut
Grains: breads, corn, potatoes, rice (remember, quinoa is not a grain so I can have it)
Spices: avoid very hot spices, cayenne pepper, chili, cloves and excess salt
Proteins: peanuts
Fruits:  avoid all except those listed
So this list isn’t hard since I’m already gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, caffeine free and preservative/artifical ingredient free.  Since this allows me all vegetables that they only need to be cooked, I’m still going to limit the goitregins & nightshades.
I am currently a week into this and have no complains.  The herbal multi vitamin did give me some nausea but I stopped taking that 20 minutes before eating, I take it right before I eat, no problems.  I have 2 more weeks to go and he said I should notice more energy after 2 weeks.  I did wake up pain free this morning so thats a plus also!
So, stay tuned!  Please ask any questions.


Healthy Chickens……

Are my girls healthy?? Are yours??  Good question……..

and the answer?????  I hope so, I think so, they look good to me, they’re acting good, so they’re good.  I hope.  Hummmm.

No, they didn't use it, they did drink from it though

No, they didn’t use the pool, they did drink from it though

Well, I’m assuming for the time being they are, they’re eating, they’re sleeping, they’re laying eggs, their hatching chicks, the roosters are roostering..is that a word??? well, it is now! and their poop looks normal.  Yeah, their poop.  If you’ve been reading the backyard chicken blogs and Facebook pages like I have, you know its important to keep an eye on what their poop looks like.  If you haven’t been reading much, here’s a couple blogs I read most that you might want to read, Tilly’s Nest  & The Natural Poultry Farming Guide and then whatever I find of interest I pinterest it on my Backyard Chickens Pinterest Board.  Here’s a couple articles you can check out and get some of the scoop on poop:  The Chicken-Chics Scoop on Poop, the Digestive Tract Examined and Tilly’s Nest: Buzz off: Preventing Fly Strike.  I learned more than I wanted to learn, but good stuff to know.

With it being so hot this summer here on the East Coast in Southern New Jersey, its easy to get flies when you have chicken poop around.  So, I know there’s the pennies in the baggie ‘o water trick, that folks say works, but I haven’t tried, but what we did do, we added an osculating fan.  Worked like a charm!  Plus, it does double duty, not only does it keep the flies out, it cools the girls and that’s what its all about.  Keeping the girls cool and comfy.

Speaking of comfy, now that we have 2 farm kittens, they came with little pests of their own, they have/had fleas.  Well, don’t want my girls to get fleas, we’ve not had any problems since we’ve had our flock and don’t want any now.  But since the kitties are hanging out with the flock, which we want them to do, we have to get rid of and PREVENT any future fleas.  Well, today they kittens went to get spayed and while there they treated them for fleas, yes, I know, its a poison, I don’t like it any more than you do, but, I need them dead NOW!  Okay, that aside, on to natural stuff, I’m researching, kittens and cats are ‘allergic’ to citrus, citrus is good for fleas, so no go there, but herbs, herbs are good for a multitude of things including a fresh smelling hen house! Here’s one article that I’ve found by googling: Natural ways to get rid of cat fleas.

I’m all for a fresh smelling hen house, aren’t you??  Anyway, our hen house is dry, which is good, you don’t want a damp hen house, thats bad.  I have an herb garden…..well, I do have some herbs.

If you been following my blog you would know that last years gardening was a bust do to health issues, this year….. not much better.  We did some traveling during the month of June (yes, I’m going to post the photos, you’ll love them) but, May & June are good gardening months for me, not this year….once again….but theres always next year and this year isn’t over yet, better late then never, they say, so do I!  Anyway, if you check out the photos on my I Can’t Believe I’m Doing This blog you’ll get the idea of what I’m trying to say.   I’ll update here so you can compare, and right now, it needs work, I’m a tad behind….again.

Anyway, what I’m trying to say is:  I HAVE HERBS! Herbs are good nesting material and the chickens are suppose to like them and they smell good and they keep away pests.  I was planning on planting mint all around the hen house anyway, because earlier we had a little problem with a couple rats and rats and mice and other things don’t like mint.  In case your wondering, we FINALLY caught the rats in live traps with hotdogs, thats after everything else didn’t work and we’re not putting poison out.  And yes, they are now in rat heaven.

Here are some articles to get you started if your not already:  These too are on my  Backyard Chickens Pinterest Board, and there might be more there, Fresh Eggs Daily – Nesting Box Herbs – Chicken Aromatherapy, The Chicken Chicks – Herbal Pest Control: Spruce the Coop Herbal Fusion, Frugally Sustainable – Herbs for Chicken Health: How to Make an Herbal Feed Supplement for Backyard Chickens and Grit – Nesting Box Herbs – Chicken Aromatherapy.  So,  I went herb cutting in my yard and made a aromatherapy mix for my girls.  As you can see from the photos of my container herb garden, I really don’t have allot to sustain my kitchen and my coop (these photos we’re taken a while back and I do have more herbs than what you see here).  Yes, I’m going shopping.  I will be putting in way more herbs, possibly pulling out some of the other flowers and make my yard more ‘useable/eatable’ and lucky for me, one of our neighbors is farming the field in back of our house and guess what they farm??? Yup, herbs!  So tonight I went a peppermint cutting with their permission of course and cut more herbs here in our yard and the hen house smells real purdy!

So, are your girls healthy?? How does your hen house smell?? Do you have flies?? Any other pests?? What are you doing to control things??  Come on, share, we all need ideas, the more ideas the better.  What works for one, doesn’t always work for others, so the more we share, the more options we have.

Proverbs 27: 23-27 (New International Version)
23 Be sure you know the condition of your flocks,
give careful attention to your herds;
24 for riches do not endure forever,
and a crown is not secure for all generations.
25 When the hay is removed and new growth appears
and the grass from the hills is gathered in,
26 the lambs will provide you with clothing,
and the goats with the price of a field.
27 You will have plenty of goats’ milk to feed your family
and to nourish your female servants.